Immigrant children as young as 3 are being ordered into court for their own deportation proceedings---without their parents. Over 2,000 children, in addition to enduring trauma from separation from their families, face deportation court proceedings.
Trump's policy of family separation at the border is a stark example of the terror and violence inflicted by Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) on immigrant families.
Family separation isn’t happening just at the border. It's happening at schools, homes, and legal clinics across the country, where the constant presence of ICE agents means that families live under the perpetual threat of deportation. And while ICE is at the center of this violence, they’re being helped by corporations whose products we use every day.
Several name-brand tech companies like Microsoft have multi-million dollar contracts with ICE dedicated to equipping the department with faster data processing and accelerated facial recognition services. But if we come together to put enough public pressure on these companies, that could change.
Microsoft and other tech companies must renounce their contracts with ICE and stop profiting from the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy.
Even Microsoft employees are protesting the company’s role in the deportation machine. Over 100 employees recently published an open letter calling on Microsoft to “take an ethical stand, and put children and families above profits.”
But Microsoft is far from alone. Dell, Motorola, and Hewlett Packard Enterprises each have multi-million dollar deals with the immigration agency. Which means it’s time for us to demand a tech mutiny from the Trump Administration’s anti-immigrant agenda.
Companies like Microsoft that market themselves as family-friendly brands have no place taking contracts with agencies like ICE designed to enact the cruel policies of family detention and deportation. Together, we can strike a blow against Trump’s deportation machine.
Tech companies: stop renting out services to ICE’s deportation machine.